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May 31, 2023

Handling Smoke Damage After A Fire

One of the dangerous effects of any fire is the smoke and soot that remains even after the fire has been put out. Read on to learn more on handling smoke.

Where there’s fire, there’s smoke… and smoke damage. You may think you can wait to clean the soot while you address other, more pressing issues. The truth is though that leaving the soot only causes more damage.

Soot damage begins almost immediately and continues to worsen over time.

Spreading soot stain

Within minutes, appliances and accouterments begin to discolour. The discolouration of marble and other porous materials may be permanent.

Not long after, grout, fiberglass, and countertops start to stain. Furniture also begins to discolour and become yellow. Some metals could tarnish.

If soot is left for a few days, it causes metals to corrode and rust. It ruins vinyl flooring. It destroys the finish on wood furniture. It yellows the walls.

Let it sit for a few weeks and you are looking at replacing carpeting, glass, china, crystal, and silver.

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